2008 Volvo XC90 drivetrain NHTSA complaints: Power Train

NHTSA — Power Train Problems

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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,667 miles

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2008 Volvo XC90 drivetrain problems

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2008 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 252013


  • 69,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Volvo XC90. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle made a shaking motion. The failure recurred numerous times intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was unable to be diagnosed and the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The mechanic stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000.

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 232015


  • 52,000 miles
Loud clunking noises coming from front end of vehicle, vehicle diagnosed by a licensed mechanic to be drive axles warn out, with relatively low low miles I contacted Volvo dealer and would do nothing but charge for replacements and further diagnosis. Premature failure of drive axles can create an unstable driving incident. Which is why I am filing this complaint. It seems that all these parts are on backorder everywhere which makes me think there must be a serious issue with this.

- Peru, MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 302013

XC90 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Excessive vibration/shaking in the drive train of a V8 engine XC90 during light/moderate acceleration (severe shaking during full throttle acceleration). According to a number of Volvo dealer service advisors, this vibration/shaking has been a 'major issue' caused by failing right side front axles (350.00) &/or failing transmission valve bodies ($3500). Given that this appears to be a major mechanical flaw according to Volvo dealer service, why hasn't these dangerous drive train issues been addressed as a mandatory recall??

- Wabasha, MN, USA

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